FIA president Jean Todt does not expect Formula E will be able to match Formula 1’s performance levels for years – possibly even decades.
However Todt does not believe it could become a rival to Formula 1 because of the difference in the length of the races and the speeds the cars reach.
“You could not envisage to have Formula E substituting Formula 1,” he said. FE races last three-quarters of an hour at average speeds of up to 118kph (73mph). F1 races run for more than twice as long and the average speeds more than twice as high over distances in excess of 300 kilometres.”
“There is not one [electric] race car able to do 300 kilometres at Formula 1 speed today,” said Todt. “I mean, it would be decades before it can happen, if it does happen.”
Todt says the limitations in the performance of all-electric cars is why Formula 1 should retain the V6 hybrid turbo power units it introduced in 2014.
“Simply, today, hybrid is the proper choice,” he said. “The next step is to see how well we can secure greener fuels.”
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